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‘IT COULD HAVE BEEN EVEN WORSE,’ BONNER

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PAT BONNER believes Barcelona could have scored MORE than seven goals in Celtic’s Champions League catastrophe in Catalonia.
The former Hoops goalkeeping hero was there to watch his old team topple to their worst-ever result in European competition at the Nou Camp.
Bonner said: “The way that Barcelona played was fantastic. There were people running all over the place and running in between the lines and passing the ball.
“The one thing I would say, looking at it, especially in that second-half, the Celtic players weren’t able to get near the Barcelona players to put tackles in.1988e076acebdcbf441b1fc657cb6154b6157181

“I think Scott Brown put in one or two in the game, but surely you’ve got to get in there and stop them somehow from delivering those balls.

“You either stop the delivery or you match the runs, but they did neither.

“That was probably the biggest shock, because they could have scored a lot more than just seven.”

Bonner believes keeper Dorus de Vries could have coped better with Neymar’s 50th-minute free-kick that gave Barca a three-goal advantage and kicked off the second-half onslaught.

But the Republic of Ireland legend absolves the Dutchman, who has replaced Craig Gordon for the past three games, of any blame for the other six that flew into his net.
He added: “Craig’s six feet five inches and maybe he could have got to that free-kick, but most of the goals I don’t think the goalkeeper had any chance whatsoever.
“Maybe the free-kick would be the one you would question.”
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